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Since purchasing Iris Lodge we have worked continually to improve our efforts at sustainability. Our property was a grazing property and largely devoid of trees. We have planted over 12,000 trees and grasses so that wildlife can flourish. The choice of trees has been to provide habitat and feed for the critically endangered swift parrot. Significant resources have gone into erosion control measures and protecting Jilliby Jilliby Creek, that we front and is part of the local water catchment.
Our sustainable approach includes the following:
No large trees have been removed.
Revegetation of areas affected by previous farming activities
Continuous removal of exotic species - inc. blackberry and lantana.
Strict adherence to the local Council recycling programs.
Rainwater is used.
Biodegradable cleaning agents are used.
No intentional feeding of wildlife.
Solar energy is used.
ECOTOURISM AUSTRALIA WELCOMES IRIS LODGE ALPACAS TO THE FAMILY
Posted by Jithmi Gammanpila on 10 August 2021
We are so excited to announce that Iris Lodge Alpacas, a tourism business for only 18 months, has successfully achieved ECO Certification at the Nature Tourism level. Well done! The lodge offers a great opportunity for guests to experience real life on a working farm. Guests can choose to have either a farm stay or a breakfast/afternoon tea with alpacas and can engage with day-to-day farm activities depending on their schedules and seasons.
The full story is available at https://www.ecotourism.org.au/news/ecotourism-australia-welcomes-iris-lodge-alpacas-to-the-family/
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